Field Trip Information

School Group Reservations & Field Trips

Crystal Cove State Park invites students to participate in curriculum-based educational programs. These programs are available for school and other organized groups throughout the year in the park.


To protect the park’s resources for future generations, and to ensure a quality educational experience for all of our visitors, Crystal Cove State Park has a daily specific limited carrying capacity. Reservations are necessary to guarantee space.  A maximum of one group permit will be issued per day for each area of the Park. Available locations are: Moro Backcountry, Reef Point, Historic District, Pelican Point, and Treasure Cove. Requests for an unavailable site will be offered alternative sites or dates, when available.

For Self-Guided Field Trips

To qualify for day-use fee waivers, an educational group must submit a California Department of Parks and Recreation, School Group Reservation Request, Form DPR 124.  This request must be on file, at the Park, a minimum of 15 days before the event.
To request a field trip, whether guided or self-guided, please contact the Park Interpretive Office at 949.497.7647 or e-mail

For Guided Field Trips

The interpretive presentation fee is $2.50 per students and chaperones.  Teachers are free.  We suggest one chaperone per 10 students.  Due to classroom size and quality of the program, we cap the number of students on a guided fieldtrip to 60 students.

For Homeschool Groups

Due to the varying ages, we cap the number of students at 40 K-12.  Younger siblings are welcome to accompany their families to the park, but during the classroom presentation will be asked to stay with a parent outside.  To see our selection of guided interpretive programs, please see the descriptions below. We are also happy to discuss customizing a program to fit your curriculum needs.

For College Classes

Form To Download

Pre-Field Trip Teaching Aids

1. Teacher’s Packet

2. Between a Rock and a Hard Place Tidepool Video

3. A Guide to the Side of the Sea

4. Guide to Tidepool Exploration (Outside)

5. Guide to Tidepool Exploation (Inside)